As a car owner, you know the importance of keeping up on the maintenance of your vehicle, but are you doing everything possible to keep your car in good condition, or are you neglecting something? Neglecting car care can be a real problem.

Don’t wait until you’re on a deserted road in the middle of the night, or the one causing a major traffic jam because your car has quit working. Here are eight tips that will improve your chances of getting home safely and keep your car running at its best.

Get New Wiper Blades.

Don’t want to be on the road during a storm with wipers that barely work. Take the time and make sure your wipers are in good condition. Every day your wipers are exposed to things like debris, dirt, and dust.

Old or damaged wipers can leave your windows with not only streaks while driving in bad weather but squeaks skips as well as smears. An easy way to help you remember when to replace them is to do so every Ground Hog Day. That way, you will have new wipers whether you’re getting ready for more bad weather or not.

Change Your Oil.

Your engine gets dirty after a while, and keeping it lubricated will save the life of your car, so to speak. Keeping the parts under your hood lubricated, means your car won’t wear too quickly. You’ll also get better gas mileage.

This is because keeping your car’s oil changed means that the machinery under the hood doesn’t have to work as hard and it generates less heat.

Check your tires and air pressure.

According to experts, you should check your tires at least once a month and observe that you have the proper air pressure. You’ll get better gas mileage and you’ll also know before something goes wrong.

Change Your Brake Pads.

To make sure your car stops properly change your brakes pads after 50,000 miles or sooner if needed. They must be in the best condition to keep you safe and stop properly, and that includes your brake calipers, brake pads, and brake rotors. It’s a great safety tip, and avoiding accidents can help you afford better comprehensive car insurance.

Check and Replace Your Air Filter.

You should replace your air filter at least every 12,000 miles. However, if you live in an area where there is a lot of dust, or you live on a back road, consider replacing it sooner. New air filter means you’re not only saving on gas mileage but you’re doing your part in diminishing air pollution. This will also help your car pass emissions if you are in a state with those standards.

Get Rid of Those Old Spark Plugs.

One of the easiest ways to maintain your car’s performance is if you do away with the old spark plugs. By replacing them with new ones, your car will burn fuel more efficiently. Spark plugs are built to last for a while but you should still change them every 30,000 miles or no more than 100,000. Like any other part of your car, spark plugs get dirty and the spark gap wears. Not doing maintenance on your spark plugs can result in problems with starting your car if you let them go long enough.

Check Your Battery.

A good car care rule is to check your battery twice a year or every six months. Don’t wait until your battery is showing signs of poor health. Even in a car that’s not being run, the battery needs a check-up. 12.6 volts or above is the normal standard for voltage in a good battery, but better yet take your vehicle to an auto parts store and have them do a load test. This will also ensure that your charging system is working properly.

Flush your Radiator.

Don’t neglect your radiator. Minerals build up inside, and this can cause heating malfunctions in the winter, and overheating in the summer. Neglecting this can also cause engine corrosion and water pump failure.

Don’t Neglect Car Care

Follow these tips to keep your car in tip-top shape and ready for travel. Always have a thorough inspection before going on long road trips.